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Myanmar Travel Blog: Yangon Activities and What to Do

Posted by: Ms.Jessica on 2015-07-26 09:52:11

Holy Palace – Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon, Myanmar

Major hotels have health clubs, exercise facilities, and swimming pools. Independent health clubs have tennis courts, saunas, Jacuzzis, and a gym. The majority of the Myanmar population are practicing Buddhists, and for this reason there are many meditation centres here. This is a unique experience for those who want to have an enriching spiritual experience.

For kids of all ages, there are several amusement parks with lots of games to play and fun rides. Animal lovers will be glad to know there is a wildlife park, and elephant camps. With five major 18-hole international golf courses, Yangon is a decent golf destination, and playing here is very affordable. Lastly, after all that activity, you can relax and rejuvenate at one of the many spas and beauty salons.

MOST POPULAR ACTIVITIES IN YANGON

Yangon Meditation Centres

Meditation Centres in Yangon, Myanmar

Some 98% of Myanmar citizens are Buddhists, so it is no surprise that meditation is one of the best things to do when in Yangon.

There are several meditation centres in Yangon that teach the art of Buddhist meditation. Everyone is welcome, however men and women are usually taught separately.

Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Centre

This is one of the main meditation centres in Yangon, and it is not only a place for meditation, but also a monastery where the monks themselves teach. Locals and foreigners are welcome, and men and women are provided separate accommodation. Opening Hours: 03:00 to 23:00.

Location: 55A Kabar Aye Pagoda Road, Mayangone Township.

Mahasi Meditation Centre

A meditation centre runned by Buddha Sasana Nuggaha Organisation.
Location: No 16 Sasana Yeiktha Road, Bahan Township.

Dhamma Joti Meditation Centre

Located in Wingabar Yele Monastery Compound, Dhamma Joti Meditation centre offers an introduction to Vipassana meditation which means “to see things as they really are.” Ten-day residential courses are run on a donation basis.

Location: Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda Road, Bahan Township.

Spa and Massage in Yangon

Spa and Massage in Yangon, Myanmar

As in other Asian countries, spas and massage are popular here, and those who like deep relaxation will enjoy the spas and beauty salons of Yangon.

In the tourism industry, spa and beauty are big business, and there are many luxury spas in Yangon.

A Little Day Spa and Beauty Corner

Reflexology, Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy, “Anaite” Massage, Sea Salt Scrub, Herbal Scrub, etc. Location: 475/C 8th Quarter, Pyay Road, Kamayut Township.

Tel: 09-43128831.

Aureun Spa

Oil Massage, Traditional Massage, Foot Massage, Body Scrub, Facial Treatment, etc. Opening Hours: 11:00 – 24:00. Location: Espace Avenir, 523 Pyay Road, Kamayut Township.

Tel: 01-505213~4, 505217, 505219, 505222.

Inya Day Spa

Offering a variety of spa and massage therapy treatments, and signature treatments include the ‘Jet Lag Revitalizer’. Body massage, foot massage, body treatment, body scrub, and body mask. Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 21:00. Location: 16/2 Inya Rd, Kamayut Township.

Tel: (95-1) 537907, 503375.

La Source Beauty Spa

One of the best spas in the city, it is in a Dutch-style colonial building. Staffed by professionals from different countries, they offer hair treatment, as well as face and body treatments. Body massage, body scrub. Location: 80/A Inya Rd., Kamayut Township.

Tel: 01-512380, 01-511252.

L’espace Beauté

Crystal Stone Massage, Swedish Massage, Neck, Shoulder and Back Massage, Facial Treatments, Exfoliation, etc. Opening Hours: 11:00 to 22:00.

Location: Rm-207, 2nd Floor, Summit Park View Hotel, 350 Ahlone Rd, Dagon Township.

Level-6 Foot Massage

Body Treatment, Foot Treatment. Opening Hours: 10:00 to 22:00. Location: 6th Floor, Central Hotel, 335-337 Bogyoke Aung San Road, Pabedan Township.

Tel: 01-241007 Ext: 533.

Lilawadee Spa

Located at the second floor of Chatrium Hotel Yangon, Lilawadee Spa offers traditional Massage, Oil Massage, Scrubbing + Oil Massage, Foot Massage. Opening Hours: 10:00 to 24:00. Location: 2nd Floor, Chatrium Hotel, 40 Nat Mauk Lane, Tamwe Township.

Tel: 01-544500 Ext: 8220.

Siam Spa

Located at the second floor of Sedona Hotel, Siam Spa offers traditional massage, herbal oil massage, aromatherapy, foot massage, body treatment, facial treatment, etc. Opening Hours: 10:00 to 22:00. Location: 2nd Floor, Sedona Hotel, 1 Kaba Aye Pagoda Rd., Yankin Township.

Tel: 01-666900 Ext: 7906~7101.

Spa My Way

Spa and massage services to pamper skin and body, facials, cellulite reduction, foot massage, manicure and pedicure and hair services. Location: Diamond Condo, Building (A), Room-G.02, Pyay Road, Kamayut Township.

Tel: 09-5-170-528.

Style Beauty Spa

Foot Massage, Body Massage, Body Treatment, Body Scrub, Facial Treatment, etc. Opening Hours: 10:30 to 21:30.

Location: 2nd Floor, The Grand Mee Ya Hta (Executive Residence), 372 Bogyoke Aung San Road, Pabedan Township.

Yangon Golf Courses

Yangon Golf Courses, Myanmar

Yangon is a great destination for golf lovers and has many golf courses, playing host to the annual Myanmar Open Golf Tournament. Special golf tour packages are available.

Pan Hlaing Golf Club

The Pan Hlaing Golf Club was designed by Gary Player and the 650-acre course is situated between the Hlaing and Pun Haling Rivers. Opening Hours: 06:00 to 08:00; 10:30 to 15:30.

Location: Pan Hlaing Golf Estate, Hlaing Tharyar Township (between the Hlaing River and Pun Haling River).

Yangon Golf Club

Established in 1909 during British occupation, Yangon Golf Club is an 18-hole course of 7010 yard (men’s tees). Water hazards, blind shots, tricky greens, birdies, the course offers a wide range of games to afficionados. Location: Kha Yae Pin Street, Dayin Gone, Insein Township.

Tel: 635563, 635617, 09-73254835.

Royal Mingalardon Golf Course

An 18-hole international standard golf course located in Mingalardon Garden City. Royal Mingalardon Golf offers first class facilities: club house restaurant, pro shop spa/massage and beauty salon. The course itself is a par – 72, 7,000 plus yard championship golf course with water features, strategic bunkering and beautiful landscapes. Opening Hours: Every Tuesday to Sunday (06:00 – 18:00). Location: No.3 Highway Road, No.1 Mingalardon Garden City.

Tel: 01- 639445, 639446, 639447.

OTHER ACTIVITIES IN YANGON

Bird Watching at Hlawga Wildlife Park

Bird Watching at Hlawga Wildlife Park in Yangon, Myanmar

Bird lovers can visit the Hlawga Wildlife Park, which features 160 species of colourful and exotic feathered creatures.

Location: In Taukkyan Model Village, Mingaladon Township.

Myaing Hay Wun Elephant Camp

Myaing Hay Wun Elephant Camp in Yangon, Myanmar

The elephant is revered in Myanmar, being an animal of historical and cultural significance. Elephants also have economic significance because of their use in the timber industry. This elephant camp, established in 1986, is on a 10-acre site. Visitors can trek with the elephants, and observe them being washed and fed by mahouts.

Location: Taikkyi Township.

Yangon Circular Train

Yangon Circular Train in Myanmar

The Yangon Circular Train is actually a commuter line connecting Yangon with the suburbs but it is also a tourist attraction of sorts. Each day, vendors, vegetable sellers, monks, and commuters use the circular train which passes through the many peripheral villages, giving the visitor a glimpse into the daily life of the people. The scenery along the route changes from urban to rural fairly quickly, passing villages, ponds, fields, kids, and cows. The train leaves from either Platform No.4 or No.7 at the old Yangon Station downtown. One train goes clockwise, and the other one goes anti-clockwise; climb aboard whichever train comes first.

The train stops at the station for only a short time, so you will need to board quickly. The fare is US$1, and you will need to show your passport. There are about 14 circular trains a day. The journey takes roughly three hours.

The Dallah Ferry

The Dallah Ferry in Yangon, Myanmar

The small village of Dallah is on the other side of the Yangon River from Yangon City, and the ferry ride across the river is a trip in itself. The ride is only about 15 minutes, but the ferry takes on an atmosphere more like a local market than a form of transportation.

It is very noisy, with hawkers selling everything from fruit, to maps, to candy, to hats, to snacks, to CDs, to calendars, and everything else one could possibly need for the journey. The ferry departs from the Pansodan Jetty across from The Strand Hotel. Buy your ticket from the ticket window for tourists. The fare for a one-way ticket is USD $1, and you will have to show your passport. Dallah is also the place where you can get a taxi to Twante. See the “Outside Yangon” Section./.

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